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After a month of intense dialogue and debate among task force members, Shriver outlined seven steps to forming the Peace Corps in a memorandum to Kennedy in February 1961.

Following up on the idea he launched at the University of Michigan, President Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961.

The Peace Corps was established by executive order on March 1, 1961, and a reluctant Shriver accepted the president's request to officially lead the organization.

President Kennedy welcomed the inaugural group of volunteers at the White House on August 28, 1961, to give them a personal farewell before their departure to Africa.

Congress approved the Peace Corps as a permanent federal agency within the State Department, and Kennedy signed the legislation on September 22, 1961.

Deployment was rapid: Volunteers began serving in five countries in 1961.

For the first time in the history of the Peace Corps, founded in 1961, all volunteers are being evacuated from their host countries and returned to their home of record, in most cases the United States

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 2,684 alumni from the University of Michigan have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers, placing the university at No.


Peace Corps membership and funding increased after the opening of Eastern Europe in 1990.


In 2011, the University of Michigan celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the day when Senator John F. Kennedy gave his speech announcing his idea for the Peace Corps.


Peace Corps evacuated all volunteers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

Yejide Olutosin was evacuated from Guinea during the Ebola epidemic in 2014.


In 2016, the school ranked No.


Trump’s May 2017 budget proposal sought to reduce spending on the Peace Corps by 15%, the largest proposed cut to the agency in 40 years.

In 2017, the Peace Corps announced that the University of Michigan ranked No.

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